Jahandad Society for Community Development (JSCD) in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Pakistan National Forum For Women Health (PNFWH) has been actively working on the prevention and the treatment of Fistula in Pakistan since 2006.
The Problem of Fistula
Fistula often occurs when a woman gets pregnant very young, or goes through a long or obstructed labor. Tissues inside her vagina tear resulting in the leakage of urine and faeces constantly. This is a source of lifelong shame, pain and discomfort for thousands of women. Yet in most cases, fistula can be prevented by good medical care during childbirth and repaired by qualified surgeons.
- 4-5000 Pakistani women suffer from fistula every year
- It is usually caused by prolonged, obstructed labor.
- It causes discomfort, shame and social stigma
- 80-90% of fistula cases can be surgically repaired.
- The Fistula Repair Center, Lahore, provides treatment free of charge
Fistula Repair Center
Since 2006, JSCD has been the implementing partner of the Fistula Repair Centro at Lady Willingdon Hospital, Lahore. Recently, the Fistula Repair Center was relocated to Central Park Medical and Teaching Hospital, Lahore. This center serves 14 densely populated districts of Punjab.
The Fistula Repair Center has a full-fledged operation theater, devoted to fistula repair. A team of trained consultants perform operations 6 days a week. A 10-bed ward is available for patients, as well as a separate outdoor facility for post-operative care.
All services at the Fistula Repair Center are offered free of charge.
- Mandi Bahauddin
- Toba Tek Singh
In addition to the treatment of fistula, JSCD in collaboration with UNFPA and PNFWH organizes seminars to raise awareness on prevention and treatment of fistula. Four awareness seminars are held every quarter in different districts, to tell paramedics, women and their families that fistula can be prevented and treated. Recent seminars have attracted over 150 participants each.
We’re also taking our message to every home. Our radio programs are broadcast on FM 100, one of th popular radio stations. With in-depth discussions on fistula and the services offered at the Fistula Repair Center, women can make informed decisions about their own health from their own homes.
“fistula can be prevented”
“fistula can be treated”